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"Joy Franz is superb as the regally skeptical Dowager Empress."

- John Harding, DC Metro - Anastasia

"Joy Franz, in addition to doing a lovely rendition of Birkenhead and Stock’s Serenity, wrings hearts as the spinster who is introduced at last to romance and then is disappointed in it."

- Neal Zoren, PrincetonInfo - Triumph of Love

"As Grandma, Joy Franz adroitly steers her character from omnipotent villainess to suffering survivor, who has tried to ready her family for life’s hard knocks the only way she knows how — emotional coldness and terrifying discipline."

-Gwen Shrift, Bucks County Courier Times - Lost in Yonkers


"Ms. Franz delivers a bravura performance of a heinous monster."

-Ralph Malachowski, Out in Jersey - Lost in Yonkers


"The excellent Joy Franz...makes the character as walloping as a hammer and rigid as a nail."

-Howard Shapiro, NewsWorks - Lost In Yonkers


"When most people think about Driving Miss Daisy, they probably recall Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy in the Oscar-winning film version...But after seeing the funny, heartwarming production now being staged by Harbor Lights Theater Company, folks may be more likely to recall the names Joy Franz and Larry Marshall. These two Broadway actors delight not only with their individual performances but with their exceptional onstage chemistry. You're not likely to see finer portrayals of these classic roles anywhere."

-Peter Hempstead, TheaterMania - Driving Miss Daisy


"The true delight of this production is its performances. Franz and Marshall have a magical chemistry onstage that is as comical as it is moving."

-Peter Hempstead, TheaterMania - Driving Miss Daisy


"Daisy's extraordinarily moving admission near the end [is] beautifully delivered by Franz. You may find it difficult to hold back a tear."

-Peter Hempstead, TheaterMania - Driving Miss Daisy


"Joy Franz is perfect as Polly, the controlling maternal figure."

-Elise Pearlman, The Northport Daily News - Other Desert Cities


"Thanks to an excellent performance by Joy Franz as Polly, the steely matriarch is the fascinating fulcrum of the play."

-Aileen Jacobson, The New York Times - Other Desert Cities


​"Joy Franz fiercely portrays Polly Wyeth."

-Melissa Giordano, - Other Desert Cities


"Franz is most believeable."

-Mary Beth Casper, Long Islander News - Other Desert Cities


"As Thelma, Joy Franz is wonderfully expressive; the range of emotions swirling across her face — amusement, disbelief, horror, resignation – is something to see."

-Stuart Brynien, Viva! Lifestyles Magazine - 'Night Mother


​"Joy Franz is breathtaking as Thelma."

-Mark D. Ransom, author of After December & RAGE and CALM - 'Night Mother


"As expected, Joy Franz was sensational. Her portrayal made me openly weep at the end."

-Goldstar Member - 'Night Mother




Carl Wallnau and Joy Franz.

Triumph of Love, Bristol Riverside Theatre.

David Nate Goldman, Kyle Klein II, and Joy Franz.

Lost in Yonkers, Bristol Riverside Theatre.

Joy Franz and Larry Marshall. 

Driving Miss Daisy. The Music Hall at Snug Harbor, SI.

Christopher Bolan, Joy Franz, Nancy Lemenager. 

Other Desert Cities. The Engeman Theater, Northport, LI.

Joy Franz and Laura Siner. 

'Night Mother. The Hudson Guild Theatre, NYC.

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